Throwback Thursday – General Store from 1878 Replica!

Travel back in time to 142 years ago! On the first floor of the Fresno County Historical Museum, you can see an exact replica of what a General Store from 1878 used to look like! The General Store included a mail station, laundry station, shoe shine, chewing tobacco, cleaning supplies and basically anything you possibly needed.

 

Help keep Fresno County history alive by donating to the Fresno County Historical Museum! All museum donations go through Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, our non-profit Foundation. This award-winning Museum is a place where generations of Valley residents can visit (for free!), reflect and learn about key events in our Valley’s history! To donate and support, click here.

Throwback Thursday – Mono Indian Display in the FCHM!

Have you checked out the Mono Indian Display located on the first floor of the Fresno County Historical Museum? This display features a 54 basket collection made by the Mono Indian Tribe which was acquired by the Fresno Historical Society.

 

Help keep Fresno County history alive by donating to the Fresno County Historical Museum! All museum donations go through Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, our non-profit Foundation. This award-winning Museum is a place where generations of Valley residents can visit (for free!), reflect and learn about key events in our Valley’s history! To donate and support, click here.

Next Stop, The Big Fresno Fair!

Built by the Saint Louis Car Company in 1922, the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation’s Birney Safety Car #143, was originally Fresno Traction #68.

All aboard! During 1903, trolleys and street cars began to rattle the city streets of Fresno from the San Joaquin River through the Fig Garden area to downtown Fresno and along Huntington Boulevard to Sunnyside! Streetcars were a reliable source of transportation around town for 36 years.

 

Now after more than 100 years, Fairgoers will have the opportunity to see the front end of one of these historic trolley cars and take great shots with a part of Fresno’s history in the Museum Park area at the Fresno Fairgrounds! Snap a picture of history and take a closer look at what commuting was like while visiting the 2020 Big Fresno Fair, October 8-12, 14-18!

Three New Exhibits Added to Museum’s Community Cultural Center!

Three new exhibits are being built and installed in the Fresno County Historical Museum’s Community Cultural Center that will be debuted at the 2020 Big Fresno Fair. There will be a new Italian exhibit (pictured in rendering), as well as Jewish and Russian-German exhibits. These three new exhibits join the Hmong, African American, Japanese, Sikh and Mexican-American cultural exhibits already on display for the community to enjoy! All this is part of the larger, award-winning Fresno County Historical Museum that first debuted in 2015! Be sure to come, see and learn from it during your visit to the 2020 Big Fresno Fair, October 8-12, 14-18!

 

Click here to learn more about the Fresno County Historical Museum.

Agriculturists of the Year – Bill & Carol Chandler

Congratulations to Bill & Carol Chandler who were selected by the California State Fair Board of Directors as its Agriculturalists of the Year! Carol has previously served as part of The Big Fresno Fair’s Board of Directors from 1992 – 1995. During her time on the board, Carol helped launch the popular Fair Education Program, which allows Fresno County public, private and home schooled kindergarten through eighth grade students to visit the Fair FREE of charge in an educational setting. Since the start of the program 27 years ago, more than 508,000 Fresno County students and teachers have participated in this educational field trip!

 

Carol is currently still an avid volunteer for the Fair Education Program today. Along with this, Bill and Carol Chandler are also donors to our Champions Club and Friends of The Big Fresno Fair, the Fair’s non-profit 501 (c)(3) Foundation, which supports the Fair’s vast educational programs, the two award winning museums on our Fairgrounds and the continued improvement of the Fairgrounds for future generations to enjoy.

 

Thank you Bill and Carol for your wonderful contributions to our Fair and congratulations for being recognized by the California State Fair as Agriculturists of the Year!

Fairgrounds Appreciation Month – Foster Education

Fairgrounds throughout California and the US play a critical role in education. They serve as connection points between agriculture and our urban populations – telling the story of our food supply, providing education on the varieties of produce grown and harvested, the different livestock and characteristics, plus other traveling exhibits! Many kids will see their first cow or pig at their local fair. Or learn about all the varieties of grapes, apples and more!

 

At The Big Fresno Fair, we do this and more. We share the history of the Fair and Fresno County through our two Museums. We celebrate education and academic excellence through our 4.0 & Above Program, Big Band Review and Fair Education Program field trips!

 

For this and so much more…we are grateful for fairgrounds! We are screaming that from the rooftops during our Fairgrounds Appreciation Month.

Happy National Teachers’ Day!

We can all agree this school year has been a bumpy ride but be sure to take the time today to tell your teachers thank you! Happy National Teachers’ Day to all the teachers, that we truly miss seeing, that make up our Fresno County education system and beyond!

 

Look ahead to the return of school and fieldtrips! Sign up for The Big Fresno Fair’s Education Program, allowing kindergarten through eighth grade students, in public, private, charter or home school classes to visit the Fair for FREE and learn in an educational, hands-on setting that touts curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Be sure to take advantage of this great educational opportunity! For 2020 dates and more information, click here. [http://bit.ly/BFFfaired]

 

Let’s all do our part to keep social distancing NOW and follow good healthy habits so we can curb this virus and see you all at the 2020 Big Fresno Fair!

Today is National Marching Band Day!

Today is National Marching Band Day! Have you signed up for The Big Fresno Fair’s 10th Annual Big Band Review, presented by Educational Employees Credit Union, Chevron, iHeart Radio and Toyota? The Big Band Review will be held on Opening Day, Wednesday, October 7, and bands from all over California are invited to compete for $15,000 in cash prizes and trophies!

 

Don’t wait – only the first 20 bands are guaranteed $500. Then up to 25 bands will get to win the big prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! Categories include Parade, Auxiliary, Drum Major and Percussion. To download the application, click here

Fair Education Program Kicks Off Today!

The 27th Annual Fair Education Program kicks off today and runs on Friday, October 4, Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. The Big Fresno Fair, the Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, EECU, Chevron, Meyers Water Bank & Wildlife Project and Fresno County Transportation Measure C are excited for another year of educating Fresno County’s kindergarten through eighth grade students on the importance of agriculture in our Valley, while visiting the Fair free of charge in an educational setting.

For more information on our Fair Education, click here.

4.0 & Above

Do you want to win a brand new 2020 Toyota Corolla? Keep your grades up this semester and we’ll see YOU at the 9th Annual Big Fresno Fair 4.0 & Above Program, where every qualifying 9-12 grade student has a chance to win a new 2020 Toyota Corolla! Plus 8-12 grade students in Fresno County will have a chance to win scholarships & other prizes! All you have to do is get a 4.0 GPA or higher as of June 2019!

Parents – be sure to help your student keep those grades up! Head to our website for more info! >> http://bit.ly/BFFeducationrewards